Teen dies after dental visit

By DrBicuspid.com staff writers

January 19, 2009 -- An Albuquerque teenager on a routine trip to the dentist died after apparently suffering a reaction to a common anesthetic, according to a KRQE News 13 report.

Chanel Broomfield, a 17-year-old senior at Albuquerque High School, was given a combination of lidocaine and epinephrine to numb her gums, KRQE reported. When she had an adverse reaction moments later, she was rushed to the hospital, where she died.

"2% lidocaine with 1:100,000 epinephrine has been the most popular dental local anesthetic in the U.S. for at least 40 years," Joel Weaver, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, told DrBicuspid.com.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator said Broomfield's autopsy was inconclusive, according to KRQE.

Investigators and the family are now awaiting toxicology results to determine what drugs or other substances and how much were in Broomfield's system at the time of her death.

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